Went in early December after rain and as expected the trail was a little snowy and slick. Probably best to go a little earlier in the fall than we did, but at least bugs and poison oak weren’t an issue. Saw lots of deer and really enjoyed all of the scenery. Beautiful views of the river and falls throughout! We also didn’t see anyone else on the trail the whole 3-4 hours we hiked. We hiked this down to the river and continued on the South Yuba trail for awhile, totaling about 7 miles. Would definitely recommend